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NASA Hurricane Observatories Pass Environmental Testing
06/21/2016

(June 18, 2016) NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS)’s eight microsatellites successfully completed harsh environmental testing at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas recently.

According to SpaceDaily.com, the tests “simulated the harsh environments of space and launch, including separation and deployment, vibration, and electromagnetic interference. Additionally, all of the spacecraft were placed in a vacuum chamber and cycled through the extreme hot and cold temperatures they will face in orbit.

“With testing complete on the individual observatories, they will now be assembled into a flight stack – the final positioning for launch – for the concluding series of environmental tests. Upon completion, the observatories will be transported to Vandenberg Air Force Base for mating with the Pegasus launch vehicle just before the ferry flight to the Florida launch site.”

CYGNSS is intended to “probe the inner core of hurricanes in greater detail to better understand their rapid intensification,” according to SpaceDaily.

The mission is expected to launch in late 2016.

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